Two volunteer-led organisations in Nicholls will receive funding to assist their important work under the Federal Government’s Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism program.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, congratulated the Numurkah & District Historical Society, and Echuca Historical Society on their successful CHART applications.

The Numurkah & District Historical Society will use its $2429 grant to upgrade its physical signage and produce promotional material, while the Echuca group will use its $2688 grant for the conservation of material relating to Rev. J. Johnston, who was the Presbyterian minister in Echuca from 1871 to 1906.

Mr Drum said the CHART funding was timely as community-run arts and cultural organisations look to return to normal operations following two years of disruptions caused COVID-19.

“Both our local economy and community have been affected by the ongoing effects of restrictions and isolation,” Mr Drum said.

“However, thanks to the Federal Government, we are able to support the development of appealing cultural tourism experiences that will help reignite local economies.

“I encourage arts, cultural and heritage organisations in Nicholls to apply for a CHART program grant – this will assist us to continue offering appealing cultural tourism experiences in our local communities.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said more than $232,000 would flow to 81 projects under the second batch of CHART grants.

“The Federal Government is pleased to continue stimulating this growth under CHART with the promotion of our community arts sector – something that is invaluable to our regions and wider arts sector,” Mr Fletcher said.

The CHART program is being administered by the Australian Museums and Galleries Association on behalf of the Federal Government.

Applications are open until April 29, 2022, or until the funding is exhausted.


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